Jump to content
Hoopster95

EXPLORER semi-live May 15-19 REVIEW w/lots of photos

Recommended Posts

G'morn CC family!

 

Just about to start my journey from the Vancouver area down to Seattle to embark on Explorer later today for the short "Best of BC" 4-day sailing. I did the same itinerary last year... if you expand my signature below I reviewed that sailing as well with plenty of ideas and thoughts about Victoria and Nanaimo for those that are interested.

 

P5182357_zpszg0szn1c.jpg

 

218822_zpsqzsgqonh.jpg

 

I'm trying something different this time... I hate staying connected when on vacation. I'm connected 24/7 and tied to my phone for work so I've always only posted reviews when I get home. This time I'll have my phone with me and I'll try posting a few photos as I go along this week and if there's any questions I can try answering them while I'm there (no guarantees!!). I'll also post a full review later when I get home (I'm going to try a different format for this as well).

 

So off I go... bon voyage everyone :D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We'll be on this same itinerary next year. Thanks for doing the review.

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using Forums

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We're on the Explorer for the first time in August to see Alaska. Very happy to see this review pop up, I'll be following!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Have fun..I was going to be on this cruise as a birthday present to myself, but had to cancel. Looking forward to your review. Luckily, I will be on her in Sept. for a Pacific Coast cruise.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We've arrived! The Seattle cruise Park on armoury way is super close and much cheaper than the regular parking lot by about $25 I believe. They had at least 3 shuttles waiting, we got right on. Great device

 

 

8f731b2ea6e873455340828d2fb46fc6.jpg

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using Forums

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm looking forward to your posts. We board on Friday so this will, really, help the next couple days pass. :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

3820aa64213f8ec0b9f74b49348c1798.jpg

 

The line at security super short but huge lines at check in

 

b8bf4a1e678173e3187f16e7e53239e3.jpg

 

The suites/ pinnacle line had zero people in it when we arrived.

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using Forums

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well, that was about 40min in line and then they had an issue with the computers..... Grrrr

 

I've never been on board this late.(1.30).

But Finally we are home!!!!

 

13ce17f0ab4ef3143632408589b77e9c.jpg

 

Woohoo!!! Going to settle in, head to the room, etc. Ttyl folks

 

4a8badd5f58a75fef79c802efcd52a51.jpg

 

 

But first a MAJOR announcements... Stopped at the Promenade for tea (it's cold here) and I went for my fave cake pop.... No more cake pops... Possibly ever. Desert Menu has changed per the staff. ;(((

 

 

6e447a47c5eb427f71444bac122213d9.jpg

 

 

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using Forums

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You want me to pay more at Sabor AND you're taking my cake pops! I think someone in corporate must have fell and hit their head. That's just wrong!:mad:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I asked if they had the USCG inspection and yet you couldn't tell compared to last year. The WJ was in full swing at 2:30 with a full slate of stations including something I hadn't seen before.... Several items offered by chops, Giovanni's and Izumi, prob trying to get sales. Didn't take pics with iPhone so will mention again in My Normal review later. Quality was not good... If that was my first time trying

"Specialty" food I would not try it again, they failed on that attempt but a great idea.

 

So where does everyone hang out before muster on a rainy Seattle day? This is the fullest I've seen the Viking Crown

 

867a24a530beb26a6cc0238ef30747fd.jpg

 

And the card room/library/all bars totally fu. Never seen anything like it

 

 

 

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using Forums

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well... DL also totally packed. Dl Is checking cards on entry. Having Our DL drink in the Viking crown. No sail away party outside... Weather

Is gross!!

 

df14626fa4525ec7d10e73f472c5ce38.jpg

 

fbd0d469c177e51d48921ea34c7891d5.jpg

 

 

Graham Seymour totally changed things

This year. There's two shows tonight instead

Of the Normal welcome show. We're dining in Giovanni's. Have a nice night everyone ... Gf wants me to out My Phone down!!! Can't blame her [emoji12]

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using Forums

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Also onboard... took us exactly 50 minutes from drop off at 11:37 to get thru checkin (not Pinnacle) and eating on Cafe Promenade. We were worried about last year's mess but decided to head to the port before the rain.

 

All prepared for outside muster and surprisingly A1 was INSIDE in the Star Lounge. No need for the coat and rain poncho after all. Guess we just got lucky...

 

 

Sent from my iPad using Forums

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm back!!! Just signed up for last 3 days of Voom surf for free using my D+ benefit. Thank you RCL [emoji4]

 

Last night had a great dinner at Giovanni's... Much better than Jamie's on Harmony: Osso Bucco, Veal, crab ravioli, etc. Production show was "Fast Forward"... 8 out of 10 so pretty good. General Trivia at Schooner.

 

Today we're heading out to the ocean for

Our sea day. Sunny out in the ocean, still del behind is on land

 

a2423939fba456a52a9691394688d0e0.jpg

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using Forums

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sushi class... But first a Saki toast!

 

27cf3643e5dcbc0c58a49e09e59bb9c0.jpg

 

314689bfc3d67e891eaec60b23f00e2a.jpg

 

c3cec977412f4967368d837a2732eb04.jpg

 

More description and photos in my full

Review when I get back

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using Forums

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The sushi class looks like fun. Do you get to eat the final product?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We're on this sailing with you.

 

Concur that check-in was LONG even for those with super duper elite status.

 

No evidence of there having been USCG inspections. Windjammer was in full swing by noon.

 

We noticed that honey-stung chicken is back!

 

At sea today with gorgeous blue skies above.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey Larry, Thx for following [emoji4]

Yep, they cut it and boxed it for us... We just sat at the Viking Crown windows to watch the sea go by and have our Sushi.

 

A few other observations:

 

Even though there's now sun, The library, casino, WJ, promenade, Viking Crown , and pretty much all Inside venues are packed this afternoon with very cold And windy weather. The bars are all In full swing including the R Bar and lounges.

 

We're rocking and rolling a bit, one of

The pools is netted and closed with water sloshing over the edges as the ship moves. Very few people out On deck even walking let alone sitting in loungers.

 

I haven't seen a drink card... Bars are full, I don't think I'll See a drink card this cruise.

 

We were booked on the First night done right" promo Last night. Like in Harmony in Jan, they did not have had reserved in any restaurant for

Night one but both chops and Giovanni's had space for us. We're doing Chops tonight with my D+ BOGO. 70's night tonight's always fun.

 

Does anyone have any questions?

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using Forums

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It seems like there are some new options in the Café Promenade and that the honey stung chicken was back in the WJ...any word on whether or not the new menu's have made their way to the MDR? Seems like new/different foods has made its way elsewhere.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Spirit of the Seasons

Superb staff, barely any mistakes. Very good 1st show of four

 

b7f78710ac3a1874c0b08730af4ab110.jpg

 

A few new offerings in the WJ for breakfast as well... Eggs florentine, seafood frittata, nice surprise This Morning.. I'm in chops tonight so if someone can chime In on anything new in the MDR go right ahead

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using Forums

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Spirit of the Seasons ice show was truly excellent. Wouldn't mind seeing it again. Have seen quite a few new things in WJ but haven't tried anything out of the ordinary. I agree that all the lounges and inside spaces are packed. It was gorgeous outside and by 3:30 the Solarium had many people soaking up the warm sun. Not a cloud in the sky... beats anything else I can think of... sitting on the balcony as we barely creep along!

 

 

Sent from my iPad using Forums

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks to Sallyr on CC to open up her owners suite (the Monserat suite on deck 10) for a M&M today. Huge success

 

bb027f425e1de9e10dd760730183a1b5.jpg

 

6590c0ae3ab5a8ff032c2d665aec8f8c.jpg

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using Forums

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Really looking forward to seeing the ice show. I'm still impressed with the one we saw on the Liberty a few years age. They do skate so well as the ship moves.

 

Because of the direction you traveled the first night, I have to ask what kind of light you had outside when you left the straits into the open sea. My hope is to be able to get some telephoto shots of Bahokus Peak on the extreme NW part of the Olympic Peninsula, as well as Tatoosh Island. I was stationed there in the late 70's, at a radar site, and remember seeing ships in the straits.

 

I am looking forward to your posts. I enjoyed your review from last year as well. Thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Larry. We had gorgeous weather last night entering back into the Juan de Fuca strait, and we had full view of the peaks (western most tip) as we sailed in. I had to google

Map tattoos island and sure enough that is exactly what we viewed while dining in Chops. It was beautiful sail in last night [emoji4]

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using Forums

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Cloudy and rainy this morning [emoji35]

But well Make The best of our day.

Eggs Benny is WJ!!

 

073defa11769ab11dc04358fe4ae12bc.jpg

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using Forums

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Whoops... Sorry Larry. I don't see how to edit

Posts and I see now I mentioned "tattoo" island with auto spell instead of Tatoosh island lol [emoji4]

 

Nanaimo is dead quiet this morning... The shuttle Buses that were lined up Last year are Empty this year and we're the only ones walking into the town. I think many fellow cruisers are staying on board perhaps.

 

We're grabbing a rental car and heading up to Coombs and Cathedral Grove.

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using Forums

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hoopster95, If you are ending up in Seattle can you post picture or let me know what time you can disembark with your own luggage. We are trying to set up car for trip to SeaTac in July. Thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Forum Jump
    • Categories
      • Victory Cruise Lines Sweepstakes - Enter now for a chance to win a free 9-night cruise on Victory II
      • Holiday Exchange - Jingle and Mingle 2018
      • Forum Assistance
      • New Cruisers
      • Community Contests
      • Cruise Lines “A – O”
      • Cruise Lines “P – Z”
      • River Cruising
      • ROLL CALLS
      • Digital Photography & Cruise Technology
      • Member Cruise Reviews
      • Special Interest Cruising
      • Cruise Discussion Topics
      • UK Cruising
      • Australia & New Zealand Cruisers
      • North American Homeports
      • Ports of Call
      • Cruise Conversations
×